7 Mar 2018
Trump’s top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, is leaving the White House – Business Insider, 2018/03/06
Gary Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council and President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, is leaving his post at the White House.
The move comes after an up-and-down year in the administration that included public spats with the president and a large legislative success in the form of a tax-code overhaul.
Recently, Cohn was unable to persuade the president to forgo tariffs on steel and aluminum. Cohn attempted to convince Trump that such tariffs would be damaging to the US economy, but Trump went ahead with the new trade barriers over the objections.
Cohn’s relationship with Trump hit a rough patch when it was reported that he had been dismayed at the president’s response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August. He criticized the president’s statements about the violence in an interview with the Financial Times.
27 Feb 2018
Trump announces re-election campaign and Brad Parscale as campaign manager – CBS News, 2018/02/27
President Donald Trump announced that he’s running for re-election in 2020, and Brad Parscale, who served as the Trump campaign’s 2016 digital guru, has been named campaign manager.
The president had already filed for re-election — he filed his Form 2 paperwork with the Federal Election Commission hours after he was inaugurated over a year ago. He has also held a number of re-election campaign rallies already.
I guess the campaign manager is the news here, since he had already filed with the FEC.
27 Feb 2018
Last week, there was a report that Obama was supposed to speak at MIT, and there was a request to keep it hush hush.
Apparently someone got a recording of it, and it’s nothing. As soon as you tell people NOT to do something, you know what happens next…
5 Things Barack Obama Said in His Weirdly Off-the-Record MIT Speech – Reason, 2018/02/26
Reason obtained a recording of the speech, however, and the most newsworthy thing about it is the simple fact that the public wasn’t supposed to hear it.
Having listened to the entire thing, I’m not sure what all the secrecy was about—it was pretty standard Obama fare, and he never once said the word Trump, though Obama did seem to imply that his White House was remarkably drama-free in contrast.
I’m not even going to post the 5 things. Feel free to read them and the link and comment. The recording is at the link as well.
5 Jan 2018
Trump Regulations: Federal Register Page Count Is Lowest In Quarter Century – Competitive Enterprise Institute, 2017/12/29
The calendar year concluded with 61,950 pages in the Federal Register this morning.
This is the lowest count since 1993’s 61,166 pages. That was Bill Clinton’s first year, and his own lowest-ever count.
A year ago, Obama set the all-time Federal Register page record with 95,894 pages.
Trump’s Federal Register is a 35 percent drop from Obama’s record, set last year.
There has also been a major reduction in the number of rules and regulations under Trump.
Today the Federal Register closed out with 3,281 final rules within its pages.
This is the lowest count since records began being kept in the mid-1970s.
4 Jan 2018
DHS confirms data breach – Raw Story, 2018/01/04
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Wednesday that data of over 240,000 current and former employees was breached from an internal source and was discovered during a criminal investigation into the actions of a former staff member of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
In a letter to employees, the DHS said that an unauthorized copy of its investigative case management system was found in the possession of a former DHS OIG employee.
The agency confirmed that the incident was not due to an external cyber-attack from unknown sources but stemmed from a leak inside the DHS itself. The breach was eventually categorized as a “privacy incident.”
DHS also added that the data breach was not a malicious attack but a mistake and the leaked data was not a security or privacy threat to the affected.
The breach was found last May.
2 Jan 2018
So if you have been following this for the past months, rapper Eminem has been goading President Trump with a rap he made. Of course, Trump is known for responding to people who have criticized him. However, Trump has not responded to Eminem’s song. So in the past month, Eminem has publicly become frustrated that Trump has not responded to his rap record. But with the news below, now it all makes sense. He is trying to stoke a feud with Trump to sell records. Trump did not take the bait.
EMINEM REPORTEDLY HAS WORST FIRST WEEK SALES SINCE THE 90S – The Smokeroom, 2017/12/23
Eminem’s new album is pretty bad–and the sales are showing it.
According to HipHopDX, Eminem’s new album — titled “Revival” — “is expected to move 250,000 to 260,000 units (sale plus streaming) with 180,000 to 190,000 coming in pure album sales.”
Those numbers aren’t too shabby, but they’re a huge drop from the numbers the rap star used to do.
He kicked off his promotion for the album with an anti-Trump rap freestyle that included lines about (not) dumping an “awfully hot coffee pot” on President Trump and making fun of people who voted for him, using a mock Southern accent while in a parking garage surrounded by random people.